#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Based on Gail Carson Levine’s award winning novel, this is the story of Ella, a young woman who was given a “gift” of obedience by a fairy named Lucinda. She must obey anything anyone tells her to do. When her mother passes away, she is cared for by her thoughtless and greedy father who remarries a loathsome woman with two treacherous daughters. This modern-day, fantasy Cinderella story features fairies, ogres and elves…as well as a hero in the guise of Prince Charmont, whom Ella falls in love with. Unlike Cinderella though, she must depend on herself and her intelligence to get her through her troubles and find Lucinda in order for her “curse” to be broken!
Plot: Ella lives in a magical world in which each child, at the moment of their birth, is given a virtuous “gift” from a fairy godmother. Ella’s so-called gift, however, is obedience. This birthright proves itself to be quite the curse once Ella finds herself in the hands of several unscrupulous characters whom she quite literally cannot disobey. Determined to gain control of her life and decisions, Ella sets off on a journey to find her fairy godmother who she hopes will lift the curse. The path, however, isn’t easy — Ella must outwit a slew of unpleasant obstacles including ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, elves and Prince Charmont’s evil uncle, who wants to take over the crown and rule the kingdom.
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Doesn’t quite enchant
Given the recent success of fantasy movies, it was probably inevitable that “Ella Enchanted” would get its turn on the silver screen. Like “Harry Potter,” Gail Carson Levine’s delightful re-imagining of Cinderella has been popular with both readers and critics, and contains plenty of imagination and engaging characters. One only wishes it had translated to screen better.
Levine comes up with a clever explanation for the reason why Ella (played in the film by Anne Hathaway) must slave for her horrid step-family: at her cradle, a well-meaning but rather dim fairy godmother (Vivica A. Fox) granted her the “gift” of obedience, forcing the poor girl to comply with any direct order regardless of how ridiculous or dangerous. Refusing to be resigned to her lot, Ella sets out to return the unwanted gift–and en route, find romance with Prince Charmont (“Char” for short, played by Hugh Dancy).
Unfortunately, it is here that the similarities to the source material end. In the film, Ella comes off as far less resourceful and clever as she does in the book, and mostly seems to wind up getting into embarrassing or awkward situations through her enforced compliance. Which is a shame, because Hathaway is a vibrant and talented actress who could have easily imbued the character with more spunk had she been called on to do so. It doesn’t help that the screenwriters have seen fit to muddy Ella’s quest with a standard-issue villain in the form of Char’s Claudius-esquire uncle (Cary Elwes, channeling the spirit of Prince Humperdink and accompanied by a very unconvincing CGI snake), and some business about the oppression of the kingdom’s non-humans.
Like “Shrek,” “Ella Enchanted” takes the fractured fairy-tale route, throwing in sly references and anachronisms at every opportunity. Some of these work (I liked the man-powered escalator in the medieval mall), but more than a few fall flat (mostly Char’s squealing fan club, who are perhaps too accurate in their annoying behavior). Hathaway and Dancy play it more or less straight, but everyone else camps it up grandly, especially Elwes. Unfortunately, both Fox and Minnie Driver as Ella’s more sensible godmother feel miscast, and Parminder Nagra (the talented star of “Bend it Like Beckham”) is virtually wasted as Ella’s foreign-born friend.
“Ella Enchanted” is nice enough to sit through–Hathaway’s presence keeps things going, and there are enough nice visuals. But in a genre that in the past few years has seen “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “Shrek”–with “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” among the films on the horizon–it takes more than nice to distinguish oneself in the field.
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Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min)
Genre Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Director Tommy O’Haver
Writer Laurie Craig (screenplay), Karen McCullah (screenplay), Kirsten Smith (screenplay), Jennifer Heath (screenplay), Michele J. Wolff (screenplay), Gail Carson Levine (based on the book by)
Actors Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Aidan McArdle
Country USA, Ireland, UK
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Blessington Film Productions, Miramax Films, Jane Startz Productions, Momentum Pictures
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate), DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)